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In Person: Habitats at Home: A Rockport Yard Tour

This summer, Wild Seed Project is inviting you into the yards of our members to see first-hand what biodiversity looks like at home. Our members will share stories about their personal habitat restoration journeys, and the challenges and joys they have encountered along the way as they have tackled invasive plants, experimented with leaving their leaves in place, cut back on mowing, and restored habitat with rich arrays of native plants.

More than 25 years ago Dora Galitzki transformed a small, wet backyard lawn in Rockport into a stunning native plant meadow, filled with masses of Ironweed, Joe-pye weed, swamp milkweed, bee balm, coreopsis, asters and others. In addition to this magical space tucked behind a fenced courtyard, her street side plantings are also filled with an abundance of native plants. A long-time member of Wild Seed Project, Dora has been a gardening columnist for the New York Times, and spent years as the New York Botanical Garden’s plant information officer. This event is sold out. To join the waitlist, click here.

In Person: Native Plant Walk at Kennebunk Plains with Dan Wilder

Kennebunk Plains Kennebunk

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Norcross Wildlife Foundation

Join Dan Wilder for a tour of one of the most amazing and unique sites on the east coast. The Kennebunk Plains is a pyrogenic grassland ecosystem situated in Kennebunk, Maine. These ecosystems, once more common on the landscape, are home to numerous rare and endangered species such as grasshopper sparrows, broad sallow moths, and the largest population of New England blazing star in the world. Learn more about Kennebunk Plains on The Nature Conservancy website.

Dan Wilder is the Director of Applied Ecology at Norcross Wildlife Foundation which is currently undertaking restoring several pine barrens and grassland sites in Massachusetts. With a focus on native plants and their associated ecology, Dan will lead us on a tour of the preserve to discuss the various species present and the work that goes into restoring and maintaining these unique ecosystems.

In Person: Gardening with Nature

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens 105 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay

Our gardens and gardening practices are intrinsically tied to nature. This class will guide students through the best design and management strategies that work in unison with nature, encouraging and embracing biodiversity and sustaining healthy, low-maintenance gardens. Join Anna Fialkoff on a walk through Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to hear and see first hand how to balance aesthetics, your workload, and the needs of local wildlife in a garden setting.

Learn more and register with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Online: Members’ Q&A

Each month, Wild Seed Project’s resident plant experts join members on Zoom to answer questions and talk all things native plants. Current members will receive an event link the week prior to each Q&A. Not a member? Join today!

Online: 2022 Native Plant Sale: Early Access for Members

HOW IT WORKS:
– Members will receive a link to the sale on August 25 at 9am
– Newsletter subscribers will receive a link to the sale on September 1
– All orders must be made online in advance
– Orders will include a pre-scheduled pickup window
– Pick up dates: September 9, 10, 11
– All pickups will be at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

2022 PLANT LIST
All plants at the sale were grown from hand-collected, ethically-sourced seed by Wild Seed Project staff and volunteers, and have been grown outdoors without harmful pesticides. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. Prices for individual plants will range from $5 – $30.

Click here to view the plant list.

Online: Think Like a Forest

Planting Native Trees to Support Local Food Webs
Native trees offer countless benefits beyond their four-season beauty––purifying air, shading and cooling in hot weather, storing atmospheric carbon, minimizing flooding and stormwater runoff and helping to sustain vital pollinators, birds and other wildlife. It is important to consider trees as part of a forest-like system, even when planted around homes and businesses, in parks and public open spaces, along city streets and highway margins and even in parking lot islands. In this one hour presentation, Anna will teach the why, what, and how of planting native trees to support local food webs. This program is presented in partnership with Aspetuck Land Trust

Online: Monthly Member Q&A

Each month, Wild Seed Project’s resident plant experts join members on Zoom to answer questions and talk all things native plants. Members will receive a Zoom link the week prior to each event.

In Person: Planting for Pollinators at Common Ground Fair

Common Ground Fair 294 Crosby Brook Rd,, Unity

We hear a lot about honeybees but much less about the myriad of other pollinators, like native bees moths, butterflies, beetles, flies, and birds that also support our food systems and ecological webs. Find out what native plants and management strategies create habitat for these hard working pollinators and why flowers are just a one piece of the puzzle. Wild Seed Project encourages planting with native species for wildlife habitat biodiversity and climate resilience.

Location: Litchfield Stage, Common Ground Country Fair

In Person: Why Native Plants Matter: Beauty, Biodiversity, and Resilience

Philo Ridge Farm 2766 Mt Philo Road, Charlotte

Join Wild Seed Project founder Heather McCargo at Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte, Vermont for a compelling presentation about the many reasons to care about our region’s native flora and how we can bring these native plants back into our developed landscapes. Native plants are essential contributors to our local ecosystem and do not need the high inputs of water or nutrients of commonly cultivated plants, making excellent additions to our gardens. Heather will share how the nursery trade has impacted native plants, including loss of genetic diversity and cloning, and how we can support our native flora by planting seeds from native plants.

Learn more and register here.

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